The Phoenix Suns have been active during the hours leading up to the NBA trade deadline but acting in the role as sellers. The Suns are shopping center Tyson Chandler and guard Brandon Knight, but apparently are having a hard time finding suitors.
Per sources, the Suns have had “exploratory” talks with the Detroit Pistons regarding a trade for Andre Drummond.
The Suns are likely offering a package including Knight, Chandler and may include one of their draft picks and may also add either Alex Len or forward Tj Warren if talks progress.
Drummond, 23, is already one of the NBA’s best big men and would give the Suns another franchise building block to go along with Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker. Phoenix also desperately needs to shore up it’s defense and with Chandler so important to their defense it is unlikely that the Suns deal the big man for a deal that doesn’t include an elite building block such as Drummond.
At this time the talks are only “exploratory” but it is believed that the Suns could offer the best possible package to Detroit for Drummond if he is truly available.
Zach Lowe of ESPN recently talks about Drummond’s availability.
“Detroit has quietly explored the trade market for each of its franchise centerpieces, according to sources across the league, and come away disappointed with the potential return. (Van Gundy himself has said anyone is available for “the right price.”)
Any Drummond deal at the deadline is an extreme long shot, but Jackson remains in play for Minnesota, Orlando, New Orleans, or some mystery destination.They have their tense moments. Both are close with Tom Gores, the Pistons’ owner, and each freely admits they talk with Gores about the other in terms that might not always be the most flattering.”
Pistons president/coach Stan Van Gundy has explained, Detroit has held trade discussions about every player on its team and most of those discussions revolve around top players